7:38, second half — Andrews converted an and-one to cut UConn’s lead to 66-58, which is where it’s at now. UW has the ball with a chance to cut into the deficit further, but the Huskies are going to have to come up with some stops along the way. UConn shooting 53.5 percent, and 21-of-34 on 2-pointers.
11:37, second half — UConn’s lead is now 59-48, its largest of the game, and they’re headed to the free-throw line for more. That could happen a lot, with UW already over the bonus.
14:32, second half — UConn extended its lead to 10 points before Johnson and Wilcox tossed in 3s to cut it to 53-48. UW isn’t taking great care of the ball, and has 10 turnovers now.
Halftime: UConn 43, UW 39 — So much for that strong start. UConn ended the half on a 26-8 run, thanks to turning up defensive pressure in the backcourt, then using stops and turnovers to fuel their offense. UConn finishes the half with a 51.6 field-goal percentage. Lasan Kromah leads them with eight points off the bench. Anderson and Wilcox have eight each for UW.
7:22, first half — This is about as good of a start as UW could have hoped for, as the Huskies lead 28-15 after Wilcox’s first 3-pointer of the game. They’re on an 11-1 run. Anderson made a nice play on UW’s last defensive possession, coming over to help out on a Napier drive and rejecting him in the process.
11:57, first half — UW’s lead is 12-8 with Johnson heading to the free-throw line after the timeout. Huskies are playing pretty loose and confident, which isn’t something they’ve always done this season. Also have a 9-4 rebounding edge so far.
15:17, first half — Not a bad start for Washington, which leads 8-4. The (home) Huskies are playing pretty solid defense so far, with Wilcox guarding Napier. Wilcox doesn’t have a shot attempt yet, but Andrews, Blackwell, Anderson and Darin Johnson have each scored.
Greetings from Hec Edmundson Pavilion, where Washington and Connecticut will play each other today at 12:30 p.m. Below, we have our pregame box that published in today’s newspaper, and we’ll update this thread throughout the game with pertinent updates.
Also, a note that junior forward Desmond Simmons is in uniform and going through warmups. He was out before everyone else shooting jumpers a little earlier. Lorenzo Romar said yesterday it’s possible Simmons could play. Something to keep an eye on.
No. 10 Connecticut (9-1) at Washington (6-4)
12:30 p.m., Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle
TV: ESPNU. Radio: 950-AM.
All-time series: Connecticut leads 4-0.
Statistics for 2013-14 unless otherwise noted
Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Shabazz Napier G 6-1 15.0 6.8 6.1 47.6 79.1
Ryan Boatwright G 6-0 11.5 3.7 3.9 37.6 76.1
Omar Calhoun G 6-6 8.7 2.2 0.5 35.1 78.3
DeAndre Daniels F 6-9 13.9 4.7 0.6 52.4 85.7
Phillip Nolan F 6-10 3.0 2.3 0.6 50.0 50.0
Player Pos Ht PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
Nigel Williams-Goss G 6-3 12.9 4.2 4.7 45.4 70.6
Andrew Andrews G 6-2 12.5 4.4 2.5 37.6 75.0
C.J. Wilcox G 6-5 20.9 4.1 2.8 44.6 88.2
Mike Anderson G 6-4 9.2 7.1 2.1 52.1 75.0
Perris Blackwell F 6-9 12.9 8.0 0.7 54.9 72.2
Scouting report: This is Washington’s marquee non-conference game, the return trip of a home-and-home agreement after UW visited UConn in Hartford last season. … UConn has nine players who have appeared in every game this season, and eight who play an average of 13 minutes or more per game. Napier and Boatwright get most of the attention, but forward Daniels has been effective from the 4-spot. … Entering the week, UConn led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage at 46.2. Napier makes 51.4 percent of his attempts. … UW coach Lorenzo Romar said it’s possible forward Desmond Simmons could make his 2013-14 debut on Sunday. He had knee surgery before the season started. If he doesn’t play, Romar said Simmons will “definitely” play next week, when the Huskies host MississippiValley and Hartford. … Of UW’s four all-time losses to UConn, two came in the NCAA tournament (1998, 2006).